Growing up in Melbourne : transitions to adulthood in the late nineteenth century
The late nineteenth century was a period of tumultuous social change throughout
the English-speaking world. Nowhere was this more apparent then in Melbourne, the
principal city in the British colony of Victoria. Melbourne experienced the best and the
worst of the era. It enjoyed rapid economic growth and an unsurpassed level of general
prosperity. However the depression in the following decade exposed and deepened cracks
in the economic system which had been present for a long time.
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